Digital Transformation Revolution Conference | 16 July 2020 | click here to view on demand.
The world is moving faster than ever before, creating all kinds of challenges and disruptions – or opportunities and lessons, depending on how you choose to look at it. The biggest trend that we are seeing today concerns the digital transformation of every type of company and organisation. It is considered as the only option for the businesses of the future and its implementation has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for new solutions to help deal with the crisis and its fallout. So how do the best business leaders effectively manage this transformation and embrace new technologies in order to adapt and thrive in this new era of uncertainty and complexity? Designed to empower professionals to remain relevant in today’s digital world by adapting to all the rapid changes we are witnessing, the Digital Transformation Revolution Conference aims to share the latest emerging trends and offer real-world solutions for leveraging disruptive technologies in their organisations.
Traditionally the biggest technology-related networking event in Cyprus, this year’s Conference has been re-branded for the ever-growing and ever-changing digital world. It is a Digital Event, addressed to all Cypriot entrepreneurs: Professionals and Senior Managers of companies of all sizes in all sectors of the economy. It is also aimed at business people and Senior Managers in IT, Telecommunications, and Technology companies. The Conference will present the latest technology trends and promote solutions that can help Cypriot businesses grow and improve the lives of their people and their customers.
Date: Thursday, 16 July 2020
Duration: 12:00 – 14:00
This is a complimentary event with no participation fee. Online registration is required to ensure access to the event.
For online registrations, please click here.
Manager of Digital Transformation, Bank of Cyprus
An enthusiast about all things digital and a passionate believer in automation, Demetris Nicolaou is the Manager of Digital Transformation at Bank of Cyprus. He spent close to 10 years working for leading investment banks in London like UBS and Citigroup where he took a series of progressively more senior roles and was most recently a Senior Vice President and Global Head of Futures eTrading technology at Citigroup. Upon his repatriation to Cyprus at the end of 2016, he held the role of Chief Product Development Officer at FxPro prior to taking on his current role at Bank of Cyprus. Demetris gained a 1st Class Honours degree in Computing from Imperial College London receiving multiple distinction awards and has also been awarded the CFA charter.
Chief Scientist McAfee Fellow, McAfee, UK
Raj Samani is a computer security expert working as the Chief Scientist, and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. Raj has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague. Raj has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, Intel Achievement Award, among others. Raj is also the co-author of the book 'Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid', CSA Guide to Cloud computing, as well as technical editor for numerous other publications. He can be found on twitter @Raj_Samani
Senior Research Analyst, National, International & Research Group, Government Digital Service
Liz Lutgendorff began working on the original GOV.UK beta in 2012 as a Content Analyst and can boast some of the greatest institutional knowledge of anyone in the organisation. Since then Liz has not only developed a huge wealth of knowledge about multiple aspects of the data that underpins GOV.UK and the Identity Assurance programmes but has also developed tools to analyse and make use of the insights to inform product development and operational efficiency.
Deputy Director, National, International & Research Group, Government Digital Service
Nick Kalisperas has been working in the digital and technology industry for over 25 years. He has held several operational positions within GDS and joined the organisation at its inception in 2011. Prior to joining government, Nick worked for the trade association representing the technology industry in the UK and also for a number of corporate agencies.
Deputy Minister to the President, Deputy Ministry to the President of Cyprus for Research, Innovation & Digital Policy
Kyriacos Kokkinos is the Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, since March 1st 2020. He previously served as Chief Scientist for Research & Innovation (R&I), Chairman of the Research & Innovation Foundation and Member of the National Board of R&I. He is a distinguished professional with 30 years of experience in Executive Management, Technology and Business Consulting, having served at senior Executive roles in global corporations eg. IBM Europe and PwC, and the Board of many Organisations, including Invest Cyprus and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. He is the recipient of numerous awards for professional excellence, including ‘Business Leader of the Year 2016, by Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. His Academic qualifications include Executive MBA in Strategic Management and MSc & BSc in Electrical Engineering.
Head of BI Run the Business and Transformation, Dell Technologies, Slovak Republic
Dr. John O’Shea has more than 24 years; career experience in a variety of global roles including executive leadership, business development, sales and marketing. He currently works at Dell Technologies as Head of Run the Business & Intelligence Transformation. Previous to working at Dell Technologies; Dr O’Shea was Global Leader of Smart Solutions within AI, blockchain and IOT for Lenovo. He is a member of the World-Wide Blockchain Forum and is a renowned Keynote Speaker within Blockchain, IOT & AI and Edge computing. In addition a global speaker on innovation and representing Dell Technologies as a Key Note Speaker at the United Nations GMIS Summit 2020. His career in science and technology includes scientific product development within the disciplines of AI, 3D Technologies and he hold a Doctorate Degree in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Psychology.
Senior Global Digital Innovation Manager, Beiersdorf AG (NIVEA), Germany
For the last few years, Jasper Krog has been leading the development of new consumer marketing trends, technologies and disruptive business ideas at NIVEA. He works to identify, test and scale new relevant technologies such as Augmented Reality, Connected Packaging, IoT-devices/platforms and AI to build a sustainable framework for the marketing communication of the future.
Azure Tech Lead, Société Générale, France
Having a mixed background of developer and IT professional, Marius Zaharia works as Azure / Cloud Tech Lead at Société Générale, one of the leading French banking and financial companies. As Azure MVP, Marius works closely with Microsoft product teams on giving feedback and insights on various Azure services and technologies. He is a passionate and proactive member of Azure French community, organizer of cloud related events, and – in its limited spare time left – guitar player and singer.
CTO and EVP of Product, reporting to COO, Technology and Product, Germany
Rui Frazao is the CTO and EVP of Product at B-Yond. Prior to B-Yond, Rui was CTO of Vasona Networks, an innovative provider of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) solutions, acquired by ZephyrTel (2018). He also previously held various Group technology positions during his 15 years at Vodafone including serving as the Director of Network Engineering overseeing network activities across Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and the Czech Republic. His work with Vodafone included implementing the industry’s earliest VoLTE deployments and launched the first virtualized network core platforms in Europe. Rui previously held roles with Cisco, payment network SIBS and the Lisbon Stock Exchange. He has completed studies spanning business strategies, computer systems, electrical engineering and telecommunications.
CTO, Versa Group BV, Netherlands
Remi Caron is an innovative, accountable hands-on IT Executive with an accomplished 25+ year career reflecting a track record of taking business to the next level through technical expertise. He possesses executive leadership achievements and strong business acumen enhanced by an MBA in Business & IT, Implication of AI for businesses @MIT, THNK school for creative leadership.
Digital Transformation Adviser, e-Estonia Briefing Centre, Estonia
Having lived and studied in different countries, Anett Numa has learned to appreciate living in a digital society. Anett believes that all processes and structures of public services should be accessible and simple for every single citizen. Based on her academic background in political science, Anett focuses on enhancing good cooperation between the public and private sector to create a comprehensive and supportive environment. Her goal as a Speaker at the e-Estonia Briefing Centre is to explain the Estonian digitalisation experience and thus inspire leaders and decision-makers alike to create a better tomorrow.
The Bank of Cyprus Group is the leading banking and financial services group in Cyprus, providing a wide range of financial products and services which include retail and commercial banking, finance, factoring, investment banking, brokerage, fund management, private banking, life and general insurance. The Bank of Cyprus Group operates through a total of 99 branches in Cyprus, of which 15 operate as cash offices. Bank of Cyprus also has representative offices in Russia, Ukraine and China. The Bank of Cyprus Group employs 3,566 staff worldwide. At 31 March 2020, the Group’s Total Assets amounted to €20.4 bn and Total Equity was €2.2 bn. The Bank of Cyprus Group comprises Bank of Cyprus Holdings Public Limited Company, its subsidiary Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries.
Cablenet is the only fully independent and second largest telecommunications provider in Cyprus, with a privately-owned network and new generation infrastructure, specialized human resources and an integrated support system. Cablenet, as the fastest network in Cyprus, offers packages which include broadband internet access, television, fixed and mobile telephony. Additionally, Cablenet provides corporate customers with customized and complete solutions according to their needs, no matter the size of their company. www.cablenet.com.cy/www.cablenetbusiness.com.cy
Infocredit Group is a leading provider of risk management solutions offering access to crucial business information relating to a company’s potential or current clients, vendors and associates. The company’s core services include Credit Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Governance, Debt Recovery, Call Centre Services and Professional Training. Through its established international network of strategic partners including LexisNexis Risk Solutions, ICSA and VinciWorks, it aims to empower businesses with a reliable and comprehensive suite of tools which can assist them to meet their financial, legal and ethical obligations. www.infocreditgroup.com
NexTech is a leading supplier of information technology products, services and solutions and is a trusted partner of Dell, NCR Retail Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, LS Retail, Tableau, Profitbase, Dynamic Web and Display Data. Since 2000, NexTech has been providing advanced solutions in infrastructure and networking, Retail POS turnkey systems, Self-Checkout and Electronic Shelf Labels, ERP and Business Intelligence and analytics systems for Decision Support, in Cyprus and other countries.
The conference is addressed to professionals and more specifically senior executives from the following:
• Stores and Department Stores
• Clinics and Hospitals
• Banks and other financial institutions
• Accounting/audit/tax firms
• Law firms
• Insurance companies
• IT and ICT companies
• Relevant governmental bodies and associations
IMH is the largest business knowledge and information transfer organisation in Cyprus. Its services include the coordination and running of conferences, seminars and commercial exhibitions, specialist business media publishing and human resources consulting. Every year, IMH organises more than 110 conferences related to every sector of the market, commercial exhibitions and training seminars, and undertakes the entire process of five business award ceremonies. IMH publishes the only dedicated business magazines in Cyprus: the Greek language monthly IN Business and the English-language monthly Gold, which are read by tens of thousands of Cypriot and non-Cypriot professionals, managers and entrepreneurs. It also operates the magazines’ accompanying news portals, the IN Business Portal (www.inbusinessnews.com), the GOLD Portal (www.goldnews.com.cy) and the REPORTER (www.reporter.com.cy). ΙΜΗ also delivers via e-mail the IN Business Daily Newsletter, the GOLD News Daily Newsletter and the REPORTER Newsletter. The IMH Business Development Department bids for tenders published by local public sector bodies, the European Union and other international organisations. Through its activities, ΙΜΗ gives businesses a chance to develop, to network, to find new clients and business associates, to communicate with new audiences and discover growth opportunities. www.imhbusiness.com
The Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB) was founded in 1960 and is an independent organization, established as a dynamic force in Cyprus’ socioeconomic development and welfare. OEB acts as the main advocate and representative of the Cyprus business community and comprises of over 10.000 Members-Enterprises and more than 75 professional Associations from all sectors of economic activity. OEB is the employers’ organization of Cyprus (internationally recognized) and the leading representative of employers and businesses in decision-making centers.
The University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus), is located in Larnaka, and it is now in its eighth year of operation. UCLan Cyprus is the first Branch Campus of the University of Central Lancashire and at the same time a fully licensed University in Cyprus. A unique and innovative model of a Cypriot and British University Educational Experience, accredited by the UK Quality Assurance Agency and the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA) respectively.
The UK is a global and outward-looking nation with cutting-edge research, world-leading infrastructure and an international hub for innovation. We work with partners on data-driven R&D to address challenges, from tackling environmental and climate challenges, improving business efficiency, to helping doctors diagnose medical conditions more effectively. The UK is actively taking forward these partnerships in the digital and data spheres, providing support and sharing information in digital government and e-justice.
The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) is the ICT professional association of Cyprus. It is a not-for-profit private association which represents the ICT professionals in Cyprus. Established in 1984 and government by a 7-member Board, the CCS has around 1200 members and is active in the areas of professional training, research and development, European projects/collaborations and ICT skills certification (National Licensee of the ECDL in Cyprus).
The Cyprus Information Technology Enterprises Association (CITEA) was established in 1987 and is an active member of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), DigitalEurope, and the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB). The Association’s objective is to play a determining role in the balanced growth of information technology in Cyprus, acting as the vehicle of change for the development of the information society. CITEA is the principal representative of ICT enterprises in Cyprus and currently numbers over 50 companies-members.
Invest Cyprus (Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency) is the investment promotion agency of the Government of Cyprus, dedicated to attract and facilitate foreign direct investment into the country. In close collaboration with all governmental authorities and public institutions, as well as the private sector and international experts, Invest Cyprus is the country's lead agent in establishing Cyprus as a world class investment destination. Invest Cyprus' mandate is to raise awareness of Cyprus as a location for FDI across the globe, providing certainty around all aspects of operating a business in Cyprus and supporting potential investors in developing their business case for investment into the country.
Gloria Jean’s Coffees is Australian owned with more than 1000 stores in 35 countries. It has become an International Icon and the difference comes from a true dedication to creating the ultimate coffee experience for every guest. We only buy the highest quality Arabica whole bean coffee that is hand picked and sorted. We are a company with a social conscience, proudly supporting our coffee farmers through Rainforest Alliance. The first store in Cyprus opened in 2006 and currently we operate 11 stores.
GOLD magazine was founded in 2011 as the first English-language business monthly in Cyprus. Today, it is not only synonymous with the promotion of good business practices but it has a unique and valuable readership of high-net-worth individuals, international company executives, English-speaking Cypriot and non-Cypriot businessmen and women. GOLD provides a comprehensive and informed overview of the local business scene, the economy and the market and has gained a reputation for its in-depth articles and revealing interviews with key local and international personalities. www.goldnews.com.cy
IN Business magazine has a monthly readership of more than 40,000. It is the only monthly business magazine in Cyprus that provides a comprehensive overview of all segments of the economy, from retail to services, as well as reporting on new deals, presenting new faces and, generally, everything that’s happening in the local business sphere. IN Business is a pioneer in local business journalism, thanks to its in-depth analysis and research backed by previously unpublished facts and figures. www.inbusinessnews.com
Dedicated to the objective presentation of valid news, with a focus on immediacy, REPORTER is a 24/7 online news and entertainment hub presenting what’s happening in Cyprus and the world. IMH’s new digital media also includes the REPORTER application for IOS and Android tablets and smartphones, as well as a daily newsletter sent to 100,000 subscribers. REPORTER’s large team of journalists publishes authoritative and timely news every minute of every day. www.reporter.com.cy
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